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seconds. good evening. thank you for joining us. unless you have a cute baby or adorable puppy takes a lot to go viral online these days. and the pressure can push certain performers to go to dangerous extremes. when they say they live to entertain, they mean it. my "nightline" coanchor juju chang takes a second look for our series "pushing the limits." >> reporter: in the blooenlg of an eye a routine rehearsal goes
horribly wrong. >> get him down! >> reporter: illusionist spencer horseman chained, shackled, submerged in a tank of water, attempting to free himself in one breath. suddenly he blacked out. standing by rush to save him. his near-death experience garnering national headlines. >> that magician who had a brush with death -- >> frantic efforts to save an escape artist -- >> reporter: high-adrenaline feats can go wrong. the human chandelier came crashing to the ground. and just a few months ago an acrobat slipped and plunged over 25 feet to the ground. >> given that you almost died the last time, are you about to question your sanity or your iq? >> the show must go on, i'm a performer. >> reporter: high noon in northern new jersey and a crowd is gathering to watch spencer risk his life again. >> give it up one more time for spencer horseman! >> reporter: it's billed as
completely unscripted and unpredictable entertainment. all to thrill increasingly skeptical audiences. pushing the drama and danger to its outer limits. so it's ats to wonder if his near-death episodes are just show antics. >> four bars go across the top of the box keeping the top closed and a lock on the bars. >> reporter: this is the first time he's attempting the stunt outside. >> physically how do you train for it? >> so i have asthma. so for me -- >> this is the perfect trick for you. >> for me it is a big focus on breathing. >> reporter: risking one's life seems to come with the territory for spencer and perhaps the crucial ingredient for audience hot have come to expect it. >> you used your death-defying video as a marketing tool for today. what draws people to that death-defying danger? >> there's an old quote. people do not enjoy watching somebody else, another human being, get hurt or injured or killed.
where it happens. >> it's over 25 feet of galvanized chain, eight hardened american steel padlocks, smith and wesson handcuffs, and ankle shackles. >> reporter: as he's being chained spencer begins slowing his breathing and lowering his heart rate. the average person can hold their breath for 25 to 30 seconds. spencer will have to hold his brett for as long as it takes. >> he runs out of air? the consequences will obviously be dire. >> reporter: he begins to lower himself into the water. taking his final breath and submerging his body under water. using two pieces of metal he begins picking the locks. 1:13. already three of the locks have been removed. 1:45. he's finished unshackling his
after holding his breath for two minutes, he unlocks his wrists, leaving the four locks on top of the box the only things between him and a breath of fresh air. one. two. holding his breath for nearly three minutes, he has one lock left. >> let him hear you one more time! [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: he begins fumbling with the last lock. worried, they begin to lower the box to the ground. the guys rush to free him from the box. >> you okay? are you okay? are you okay? are you okay? >> what -- fine, fine, fine,
fine. i -- i feel fine. >> cold? you're shaking. >> paramedics have come over. >> love you, spencer! whoo! >> they're taking him to the hospital. start to make you question are these risks maybe they shouldn't take? >> it doesn't matter if it's undue, they're never going to stop doing it. >> reporter: skeptics saying the mishap was part of the publicity stunt. writing on social media, can we believe illusionists? what people do these days to become famous, lol, great acting. a second brush with death in the span of just a few months might seem hard to believe. vegas-based illusionist criss angel is the master mind of this trick and the supernaturalist multi-city road show, whose kickoff they were in the midst of promoting.
say you're getting publicity risking a man's life. >> this is not the type of publicity i want. >> reporter: at the coney island sideshow, risk of bodily harm is ever-present. rave alens is the sword swallower. >> let's do it. >> reporter: during the course of a typical show day, ray will swallow a sword about 25 times. >> someone who says that i'm risking my health swallowing swords would be absolutely right. interior internal bleeding, a punctured esophagus, perforated lungs, and death can happen if something goes awry. adam reelman teaches sideshow acts. >> the single most dangerous sideshow is known as sword swallowing. >> reporter: danger is part of the attraction. they start slow with bent coat hangers. when they master that, they charge on to the heavy artillery. >> oh my god. >> reporter: practice makes perfect. can any amount of practice make these stunts safer?
>> that's it, you're good. >> the body will begin to shut down. >> reporter: we caught up with spencer the day after his water torture stunt landed him in the hospital. so walk us through what happened? >> started to get light-headed, getting a headache under water. i remember opening the last lock but then for whatever reason not fully getting it. >> reporter: what he finds most agonizing is the failure. >> i take pride in what i do. if i fail at one of my presentations, then i fail as a performer. >> reporter: for spencer and others like him, this tango with death is part of the job. isn't this mother nature's way of telling you to stop this act? >> i want to keep performing. i don't want to disappoint the audience. >> reporter: for "nightline," i'm juju chang in new brunswick, new jersey. next, how to make your house look like a million bucks. we're learning to shop like a pro with 1 king's lane. he's the face that launched a thousand shirtless selfies.
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feel comfortable but it's an elevated look from what we had before. >> we took out basically everything in the living room, we updated it. >> reporter: alex reid, 1 king's lane's head designer, leading the transformation. taking her home from this to this. >> this is the new digs, what do you think? >> i love it. >> pretty much everything in this space is brand new. do you set the table like this every night? >> every night it is set this per perfectly. no. >> reporter: just moments after the look is completed here, it's here on the 1 king's lane website. where everything in rebecca minkoff's living room can be yours right down to the 20-inch bonsai tree for 35 bucks. and everywhere you look, alex has handy tips you can incorporate into your own home. tip one, build gallery ledges. >> i see you have the wall. >> yeah, the gallery ledges. doing a gallery ledge, it's a great way to actually put together groupings of personal photographs, personal pieces. always evolving, always
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our "nightline" series "social stars." >> reporter: this man bun twist and smolder launched the online phenom that is brock o'hearn. >> i kind of just ran with it. i didn't put any thought into it. >> reporter: instagram, 1.4 million followers and gushy comments like, drooling. are you jesus? sexy hands. please. >> your hands are like anyone else's. >> they're kind of big, big hands. >> reporter: and the hair is otherworldly. that? >> a few things different. i bought moroccan oil on the drive over. >> do you have a girlfriend? >> i don't, actually, no. >> why not? >> i haven't found somebody when i find the right person i'll know and it she'll know it. and that's all. >> reporter: he's samson, thor,
conan -- the barbarian. he's the fabio du jour. online as in life brock nails those bland aphorisms. >> i'm exactly where i need to be where i am right now, where i'm going to be later today. >> reporter: the 6'7", 255 pound hirsute hunk of hunk of burning love embodies a modern condition. brock o'hearn's been touched by social media celebrity. what now? cursory research of his instagram reveals what his fans are after. shots with other girls. a paltry 44,000 likes. showering, 81,000. with a cute kid, 79,000. abdominal transversals, 94,000 likes and counting. >> i admire that self-confidence. >> thank you. it's definitely something that as far as the self-confidence and belief in myself, it's something i have developed over the years. it's something that i realize is going to be necessary for me to create the future and the
dream that i have, my vision. >> reporter: today's world to make it, you need unabashed selfie taking and shirtless on a peer level self-confidence. yeah, sponsored social posts can rake in 30 grand a pop. kow does this personal trainer parlay all this into plenty of pennies? >> he is huge right now. tv shows. and movies as well. >> reporter: but new media stars still flock to old media to make big money. today it's brock's first tv acting audition. >> wish me luck. >> you can act? >> i mean -- >> reporter: he'll be fine. acting's mainly about confidence. >> what is the goal? academy award recognition? >> well, yeah, i'd absolutely love that. >> reporter: feeling like a chubby, self-loathing, short, balding half-man. i'm nick watt for "nightline." santa monica. >> it was basketball coach john
wooden who said, talent is god-given. be humble. fame is man-given. be grateful. conceit is self-given. be careful. thank you for watching abc news. tune into "good morning america" tomorrow. as always we're online at it seems today that all you see is violence in movies and sex on tv but where are those good old-fashioned values on which we used to rely? lucky there's a family guy lucky there's a man who positively can do all the things that make us laugh and cry he's... a... fam... ily... guy! hi, chris. ( breathing heavily ) h-hi, barbara. i'm having a birthday party next week. i was hoping you could come. oh, no! someone peed in my pants!